If you are on social media at all you will know that the past two weeks have been filled with “back to school” photos. It is that time again. Gone are the lazy, carefree days of summer. For school age kids it is time to trade their swim suits for track suits and playtime becomes study time. Stay at home moms are celebrating the end of hearing, “ I am bored, can I have another snack ?” all day long. Grandparents will miss the daytime visits and trips to Happy Hollow and the beach.
Here at Crosswalk we will experience our own change as we transition from summer to fall. This Saturday is the first of our once-a-month Saturday services (more details on that below) Wednesday night programs will be in full swing soon and most expectantly our beloved Senior Pastor will be back in the pulpit.
Changes can be good, welcomed and embraced. What about those who dread change? Change can be hard. If you are going to a new school without any friends change can be fearful and anxiety ridden. Some of you are experiencing a complete change of scene as you return back to college. For some grandparents or parents, the days can seem lonely as the children are gone all day to school.
As someone who struggles with change I can identify all to well to the feelings of uncertainty, fear or anxiety when change is evident. Here are some tips to help us all :
- In the midst of change we can remember that there is one constant in our lives, – God. What peace comes to my heart knowing, that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
- Embrace & seek out change. Change is good and healthy in our lives. Without change we become stagnant. Try out little changes, take a new pathway home, try a new exercise regimen or better yet, make a new friend.
- Celebrate new areas of growth. Change has allowed you to learn a new skill, or matured you.
For some of us change is desperately needed, a new job, a new living situation or a change of diet for a healthier lifestyle.
Wherever you are on the change spectrum, needing change or fighting it, imagine God whispering these words to you from Isaiah 43:19:
19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
May God be your rock and refuge today and always.
Pastor Anna-Marie Valles